Centres are only awarded British Council accreditation after demonstrating that they meet the Scheme criteria. They also need to meet the following obligations to maintain their accredited status:
- maintain a high level of service to international students in line with Scheme standards and contribute to the high reputation of UK English language teaching
- promote and protect the name of Accreditation UK
- share responsibility for providing alternative English language courses, at no additional cost, to students affected by the sudden closure of a local accredited provider
- apply for re-inspection every four years
- keep us informed about any significant change, for example a change of premises or key staff
- pay their annual fee and provide us with an annual declaration and a copy of any promotional materials
- respond to complaints and co-operate with the complaints process
- operate within the spirit of the Scheme with integrity and professionalism.
How do we enforce standards?
Accredited centres are subjected to a full inspection every four years. From the annual declaration we can see if there have been any significant changes. If there are any, a spot check inspection will be arranged to ensure that the requirements of the Scheme continue to be met. Also, a percentage of accredited centres are selected at random each year to undergo an unannounced inspection (interim inspection).